Success.  Mind you, writing my 2000 words this weekend was sort of like trying to lose weight – gain a little, lose a little, pack the words on, and take them off again, an ongoing journey in trying to get just the right tone for the scene I’m writing. Probably double the final total went through my keyboard in one form or another. And then, almost out of time to meet my goal, I finally managed to get out of the way of the story, and it all clicked into place.

Tomorrow I have another goal – 10 more queries out to agents. (There ought to be a song for that, to the tune of “10 green bottles hanging on the wall”, but I’ve exhausted my creativity for the day.)   I’ve been waffling about doing Nanowrimo this year, as I’m afraid it will take me away from the work in progress.  So today I told myself, “Self, if you want to go out and play with the rest of the kids, you need to at least take care of your marketing first.”  So today I made the list, and the goal for tomorrow is to get my little packages together and send them out into the big wide world to seek their fortunes. 

In the meantime, I found some inspiration in the form of these quotes taken from an interview with Jonathan Kellerman: 

“I won a literary prize in 1971 and published my first novel in 1985. Despite two previous publications of nonfiction books, I regarded myself during that 14-year period as a failed writer with a really good day job (clinical psychologist/medical school professor). The only inspiration I can offer is that sometimes an obsessive-compulsive personality pays off.”

(Okay, if Jonathan Kellerman was once a ‘failed writer’ with a good day job, I suppose I can live with that too.)

“Forget “discovery,” “being a writer,” “fame,” — all nonsense and most destructive, all distractions from the core: writing. If you are driven to write and have talent, hard work and drive are likely to help. Experience life to the fullest, be intensely curious. Most important, write. And rewrite. And rewrite. And don’t take yourself too seriously. The guy who fixes your sink is doing something as important — perhaps more important — than you are.”

I can’t think of any better advice than that!

If anybody was playing weekend writing challenge at home, make sure to check in and let me know how it went!  (TrudyJ, how goes it with those 30,000 words?  Digital Dame, where oh where are you?)

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